Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

61. What is the Relationship between Buddhism and Politics?

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Brian Black [+-]
University of Lancaster
BRIAN BLACK is Senior Teaching Associate in the Department of Religious Studies at Lancaster University. His research and teaching interests include Indian religions, comparative philosophy, and gender and religion. He is author of the book The Character of the Self in Ancient India: Priests, Kings, and Women in the Early Upaniṣads.

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On the one hand, many Buddhist teachings tend to discourage engagement with politics in favor of a monastic life. On the other hand, throughout its history, Buddhist institutions have relied on government support for its survival and have actively sought the patronage of politicians, aristocrats, and merchants.

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Black, Brian. 61. What is the Relationship between Buddhism and Politics?. Buddhism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 307-312 Nov 2021. ISBN 9781800500907. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40803. Date accessed: 24 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40803. Nov 2021

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